Search continues: plane crash in the Baltic Sea: rescue workers apparently find human body parts

After the mysterious crash of a plane in the Baltic Sea, Latvian emergency services continue to search for the missing occupants.

Search continues: plane crash in the Baltic Sea: rescue workers apparently find human body parts

After the mysterious crash of a plane in the Baltic Sea, Latvian emergency services continue to search for the missing occupants. After several pieces of wreckage and debris from the crashed machine had already been recovered from the sea, the rescuers now also found human body parts near the crash site. The remains have been handed over to the criminal police for further investigation, Latvian Navy spokeswoman Liva Veita told the Leta news agency on Tuesday. The head of the Latvian sea rescue coordination center, Peteris Subbota, also confirmed the find, which was made on Monday evening before dark.

The private plane flew over the Baltic Sea on Sunday on its way from Spain to Cologne. There it fell into the sea in the evening off the coast west of the Latvian port city of Ventspils. Communication with the Cessna 551 with four people on board had been interrupted for a long time before the accident. The identity of the passengers has not yet been officially confirmed. The systems engineering company Griesemann from Wesseling near Cologne had announced that the four missing persons were the company founder Peter Griesemann as well as two family members and one other person.

Ships of the Latvian Navy and the Border Guard are used for search at sea. On Tuesday, rescue workers began searching underwater with the help of drones and special equipment. Work is set to continue in the coming days, Subbota said. According to him, the aircraft, which was registered to an aviation company belonging to the Griesemann family, may not have a black box. This could make it more difficult to determine the cause of the crash, which has not yet been clarified.

Griesemann is a Rhenish medium-sized company which, according to its own information, has more than 1600 employees in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands and is active in lightning protection, among other things. The current company boss is the son of the founder, who retired in 2015. The news of the possible death of Griesemann, who was also active as a carnivalist, triggered sadness and horror in Cologne. Mayor Henriette Reker expressed her dismay at the "tragic accident" in a message to the family.

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